October 24, 2011, 6:44 PM — Relations between police and protesters at the OccupyWallStreet protest have ranged from flat-out violent. Until now, less visible, more digitally destructive portions of groups supporting the Occupation – hactivist group Anonymous, specifically – have been pretty quiet, perhaps to avoid raising tensions that could get more protesters batoned, pepper-sprayed or arrested.
That ended Friday, when Anonymous spinoff group AntiSec posted more than 600 MB of personal data about police in Boston – which supports a largish, almost entirely peaceful Occupation – and Birmingham, Ala.
There is an Occupation in Birmingham, but not one large, active or consistent enough to need a lot of defending by AntiSec. Birmingham's cops got doxed in apparent retaliation for having been a center of violent protest against racial desegregation – 50 years ago.
The data dump also includes information about members of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) – a police professional organization whose annual conference began Friday, just hours after the first wave of postings from what one Anon termed a "data extraction."
In solidarity with the Occupation Movement and the International Day of Action Against Police Brutality, allied #anonymous and #antisec vessels took aim at the corrupt bootboys of the 1%: the police. –AntiSec press release Oct 22, 2011
The organization is up now, but was down all weekend due to attacks from members of AntiSec/Anonymous.
According to an AntiSec press release posted on hacker dump site Pastebin and reposted at least once to a different file on the same site, AntiSec has spent months hacking various unnamed police departments, the IACP and at least one consulting group that works for local police departments, collecting internal department documents from several police departments, membership rosters, addresses, passwords, social security numbers and other private data.
Public service, private data
The first wave of postings included a list of names and passwords from the Boston Police Patrolman's Association – attacked in retaliation for the arrest of 100 protesters two weeks ago.